“A Breed for a Lifetime of Success that is hardy, drought and disease resistant.”
The development of the Hugenoot breed started in 1961 by Dennis Solomon and Daan Laubscher in the lush Lowveld of the Limpopo province, near Phalaborwa.
The aim was to develop a breed that would be adapted to their area which is rugged, tainted with severe tick-related diseases, extreme temperatures, erratic rainfall, and scarce feeding. A breed of cattle that was adaptable with the same capacity, on the same rangeland, that would produce more kilograms of sellable beef.
This breed was bred from the Afrikaner and Charolais cattle in a 40% to 60% relation respectively. The most outstanding characteristics of the foundation breeds have been captured in the then called “Huguenot”.
The Afrikaner Cattle Breed:
The Afrikaner's hardiness, great foraging ability, short smooth coat, natural tick resistance, heat-resistant pigmentation, high quality red meat, great calving ease, good mothering instincts, and longevity in combination.
The Charolais Cattle Breed:
With the Charolaise’s larger and sturdier constitution, good muscling, quick growth through all phases, good feed conversion ratio, high fertility, high bull libido and calm temperament.
- In 1980 the breed became known as the Huguenot after the French Huguenots who immigrated to South Africa during 1688.
- In 1995, the Hugenoot breed was given full recognition by the South African Stud Book Association®.
- On 22 April 1996, the Hugenoot Cattle Breeders Club was established at Rivulet, near Nelspruit.
- On 11 June 1998, the South Africa Hugenoot Cattle Breeders Association was established constituting seven members.
Currently there are more established breeders and progressive interest from potential new breeders – with several commercial breeders using Hugenoot cattle within their herds.
Breeders are spread across a wide ecological spectrum in South Africa, from the Free State through to the cold Highveld and the steep mountains of the Waterberg, to the warmer regions of the Bush-High- and Lowveld. All of these breeders praise the breed's adaptability to their highly variably regions.